STATE OF CONCEPT
Artists: Felipa Cesar, Basim Magdy, Taus Makhacheva, Panos Papadopoulos, Poka-Yio, Anahita Razmi, Panos Tsagaris, Dimitra Vamiali Curator: Iliana Fokianaki
Social media like tumblr, twitter as well as popular culture platforms such as press, tv and film, are reinstating the past. Of late the phenomenon of a younger generation “worshiping” film stars, musicians, writers, lifestyles and values from previous decades, as well as “living” their era by manifesting a different time through appearance and objects of eras that are not part of their personal past, or even that of their immediate ancestors has risen to an interesting extent.
What draws us to the past? Is it an assumption that things used to be better before, or a fear that the world is spiraling to its end as time passes? “Nostalgia Nervosa” aims to examine through the works of Greek and international artists the mystery of fixating on something that we have not experienced ourselves.
The notion of nostalgia, as a longing for a memory we own, is replaced by a manipulation for a past that does not belong to us but seems interesting enough to highlight, worship or mock. This “fake” nostalgia can become an idealistic approach to previous times, or an ironic position against them or simply a vehicle to express our discontent with our present. Is nostalgia simply a defiance of death? [ link ]
CONTEMPORARY TREASURES – PART Ι
Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center
Artists: Dimitris Andreadis, Savvas Christodoulides, Ioanna Pantazopoulou, Alexandros Papathanasiou, Mihut Boscu Kafchin, Daniel Subkoff
The Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center presents “Contemporary Treasures – Part I”, a group show of Greek and international artists that are mainly concerned with notions of ephemeral luxury and issues of material culture in an era of constant doubt.
The show aims to explore the correlations and contradictions that derive from the juxtaposition of works by artists of different conceptual backgrounds through the usage of various media. [ link ]
JONATHAN VINER PRESENTS THE STILL HOUSE GROUP
Jonathan Viner Gallery
Artists: Isaac Brest, Nick Darmstaedter, Louis Eisner, Jack Greer, Brendan Lynch, Dylan Lynch, Alex Perweiler and Zach Susskind
The Still House Group was founded in 2007 by Alex Perweiler and Isaac Brest, with the goal to provide emerging artists with an alternate outlet to exhibit. Through assembling a team of young creatives, most of whom chose not to pursue Fine Art as their undergraduate focus, it became clear that there was a need to create a path different than the standard so many emerging artists are pressured to follow.
Throughout its existence, Still House has produced many exhibitions in unorthodox spaces, displaying work by those whose studio practice deviates significantly from that of the average singular artist. From their facility in Red Hook, Brooklyn, they have nine studios, eight for permanent artists, and one for a three-month rotating residency program. The studios are three-walled, allowing for a free exchange of references, techniques, ideas and critiques amongst all artists. This is a creative climate often lost once students have completed their formal education, and Still House finds this an important environment to support and preserve. [ link ]